Back to School Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

back to school peanut butter and jelly bars

When I packed my school lunch, I was only allowed to have one Tastykake Strawberry Krimpet, instead of the two that came in the package.  The same rule applied to the Swiss Rolls. The un-used one would go in the freezer in a baggie for “tomorrow’s lunch”, but it was usually consumed by after school hunger when my mom wasn’t around.

In addition to my daily lunch box artery-clogging-diabetogenic Tastykake treat, I would usually pack a PB&J as my main meal.  I thought this was healthy, since we made our PB&Js the hippie way.  We used natural Smucker’s peanut butter on whole grain bread only.

With all that I know now, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are not the ideal “health” food to give your kid for lunch every day (sorry mom!).  A peanut butter and jelly sandwich should be used as a main lunch course on occasion, or used as a dessert once all the fruit and veggies have been consumed.  If your kid thinks it’s weird to eat a PB&J with natural peanut butter and whole grain bread as a dessert, then switch things up and make these peanut butter and jelly bars.

They are sweeter than I prefer, since I had some congealing issues when I was skimpy on the dried fruit.  The dried plums give a rich jelly taste to the bars, and they add a bunch of fiber.  That’s something Gushers (a typical American lunch box snack) can’t offer:  fiber!

These bars have a more balanced protein to carbohydrate ratio in comparison to an actual peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  They are also far less processed, making them a more blood sugar friendly treat.

back to school peanut butter and jelly bars

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5 Responses

  1. Ruth

    Presentation looks awesome!


  2. diane

    sounds great!!


  3. Beth

    definitely will try the bars, they sound and look delicious! Thanks.


  4. Emily

    Those bars look tasty although we will try them with raw cashews because we have a peanut free home. I didn’t think of PB&J on whole wheat as being more of a dessert but I guess I could see that it has more sugar than other choices.


    Dr. Archer

    Using the cashews sounds yummy! Hope the substitution turns out great for you. We are mostly tree nut free, so peanuts are our friend right now!


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